The very famous one of the few old-school messaging services left Yahoo Messenger is being shut down. This chat was introduced in 1980 but with all the new chat services like WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook, coming up the popularity of this service started declining.
“We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind,” the company said in an FAQ. “As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.”
Although Yahoo tried to bring it back to its previous status by updating its Android and iOS apps. The updates changed the look and design of the app. The new updated versions also had interesting features like the option to unsend the message. This feature allowed the user to delete the message which already had been sent. But to no avail, the trick did not work for the service provider.
Yahoo is going to shut down its instant messaging services app Yahoo messenger on 17 July 2017. The next web reported that those who will be still up for using the same app will be redirected to a new group messaging app called Squirrel. Users are going to have six months to download their chat history from the Yahoo Messenger App.
After the Yahoo Messenger is taken down, the Squirrel app which is being beta-tested by Yahoo since last month will be made available to the public users. However, people who wish to try out the new app now can request for beta access.
Over the last 20 years estimated, hundreds of millions of people have used the service, the company said. Currently, any active user of Yahoo who is logged in is logged into Messenger by default. The users who use their Yahoo ID are still going to be to use other services like mailing and fantasy sports.